The United Nations’ news agency was trying desperately on Thursday to explain why it published a tweet urging Americans abroad to defeat Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
At 9:14 p.m. ET, the UN News Centre tweeted a link to Avaaz, which has a page set up urging Americans who live abroad to defeat Trump.
“We can defeat Trump … if 8 million Americans abroad vote,” the site proclaims.
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— The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2016
“At a time when Trump is trying to divide us, we could help defeat him if we all share this page with EVERYONE. Let’s reach every US voter abroad,” the site reads.
Politico reported that after about 20 minutes, the tweet was removed.
An errant tweet has been deleted from this account. The cause is being investigated. Our official site for UN news: https://t.co/7F5x0BC4s5
— UN News Centre (@UN_News_Centre) September 30, 2016
Ari Gaitanis, chief of the U.N. News Services Section, who oversees the Twitter account, said he did not know how the tweet was published.
“That tweet did not originate from the UN News Centre and this was the reason for it being taken down,” he said. “We’re looking into its provenance.”
Not everyone accepted the notion that the tweet was purely accidental.
“While the news chief may not have written the tweet himself, we think it safe to say the content clearly reflected how UN members truly feel about the U.S. presidential election. It’s not as if they need to hide their bias or inappropriate actions now,” wrote Tiffany Gabbay on TruthRevolt.
— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) September 30, 2016
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